Spring Soup

I have been very much enjoying the warmth and beauty of this 35th spring I have experienced. The garden is covered in flowers, and it is the time when the laurel and live oaks shed their old, tough leaves, and they come down like rain in gusty swirls with each gentle breeze.  One morning I…

Garden Magic

We had the most wonderful surprise out of the garden yesterday. I’ve had many things this week that kept me away from the weeding and planting that really must be done soon… There are sad marigold starts, leggy sunflowers, and slow-to-start peppers left to be put somewhere. And the constant rain that has been drizzling…

January Chicken Pot-au-feu

The chickens are on my list lately.  Not only have the bold,  bad things been making raids on the kitchen, strewing the contents of the piggie bucket all over the place and devouring the cat kibbles,  but they have also been getting into the garden.  When I see them,  plump and nonplussed with bulging crops,…

Thrifty Leftover Turkey Pie With Garden Vegetables

Cold weather and busy days. There’s so much I’d like to get done before the new year,  but the short days run by so quickly,  and I’m left wondering to myself how it’s so easy to stay up so late knitting by the fire when the nights are so long.  There are lettuce and collard…

Callaloo Curry With Flatbread

The cold weather is here at last! Sweet-smelling woolens have been taken out of the cedar chest to air in the beautiful dry air, and we are enjoying the last of the summer garden’s offerings…. spinach-like amaranth greens. Amaranth is really more of a weed than a garden plant; indeed,  the spiny, weedy amaranth torments…

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are easily the most delicious part of a pumpkin.  It took  me awhile to realize that it was well worth the trouble of separating the seeds from the stringy pulp. Before that, I gave the seeds to the pigs or goats, who were very happy to eat them.  This is also…

End-of-Season Sriracha (With A Twist!)

  At the end of the season here, the only things still hanging on in the garden are cassava, roselle, sweet potatoes, and hot peppers.  This year even the hot peppers are flagging – they really haven’t appreciated all the rain this summer.  No matter, last year the hot peppers were in rare form, and…

Green Tomato Pickles

As the summer garden dies back to rampant gourd vines, sweet potatoes, and roselle, I am diligently preserving as much of the harvest as possible.  Last year I neglected to make enough pickled vegetables to get us through the dearth of the late summer (you can only be excited about eating amaranth leaves for so…

Summer Pumpkin Soup

This is really a summer squash recipe, not a pumpkin recipe, but summer squash are ideally harvested when they are small and tender, and the reality of gardening is that no matter how diligent you are at picking, eventually you will find monster squash on your hands! Blimp-like zucchinis, and yellow squash that can only…

Lost In The Garden Creamed Corn

  I don’t take gentle, evening strolls through the garden, admiring the neat rows.  I’m not that kind of gardener.  Sometimes I wish I was, but then I get too busy with the dairy animals in June, the peak cream season, and if we are still in no want of vegetables to fill the table,…

Mulberry Pie

We have a huge mulberry tree growing in our front yard.  My parents planted it when we first moved into the neighborhood, when I was 10, which makes it more than 20 years old.  Every spring it is covered with flowers – which look like tiny green mulberries with white curls all over them.  We…